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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates? You just realized, “Perhaps we’re underestimating the abilities of our elementary kids.”. So, Steve, as we finish up, could you give us a 30-second pep talk on why we need to have computing and computational thinking in the elementary grades?

5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together

The CoolCatTeacher

STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking. 5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together. Vicki: Let’s talk about bringing computational thinking and STEM together with Stephanie Zieger. So, Stephanie, what is our first way to bring computational thinking and STEM together? Definitely.

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Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. ” Khan Academy is a giant online library, viewed by tens of millions of people worldwide, of multiple-choice practice exercises and short instructional videos, with the strongest offerings in STEM disciplines. Her daughter started this fall at Murray’s school, Waukesha STEM Academy.

Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

The CoolCatTeacher

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. Definitely, download the lesson plan and entry forms now. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been sharing the task board with other teachers, and other teachers have been hopping on board sharing what they’ve done, so it’s definitely kind of catching fire in our school, I see them kind of using it on Twitter and other different places, so it’s very exciting. I mean, I think that we as teachers are teaching a lot more intentionally as we did before when I first started teaching, definitely. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

I think this whole passion project was definitely more about the process than the product. Currently, she teaches and learns in a first grade classroom at Evening Street Elementary in Worthington, Ohio. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend.

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. And we forgot to mention that you’re actually an Elementary Teacher of the Year in Texas for Region 15, so these are elementary kids doing these really cool projects. Leslie: My fifth one would definitely be LearnZillion. The best learning that I’ve had thus far was definitely at ISTE 17.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

They also talked about the role of tech companies as censors or not as censors, so it was really cool to see how they were able to apply some of the things that we’ve traditionally always talked about in government class, and taken it into this digital space where they spend a good portion of their time. It’s definitely a work in progress. It can even be done in the elementary curriculum. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric: You could definitely use these with your elementary students without a doubt. The idea is that since the words that I chose are the Dolch words, the first about hundred or so are those words — those are definitely words that students are learning in K-1-2. You could definitely use this with your lower elementary students. So it definitely scales up for upper elementary and for middle school kids as well.

Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

The CoolCatTeacher

Heidi: There’s a lot of character education that you can pull out of it — determination, loyalty, leadership, all that kind of stuff definitely can be pulled in. I do a STEM project where the kids have to come up with a little dog house that has a certain amount of volume in it, using crackers and frosting. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

The CoolCatTeacher

But definitely, you want a storyboard. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

Enrique: Yeah, you definitely want to keep them seated. The technology for the web VR is there, though companies like SineSpace , Edorble , and Amazon just came out with Sumerian — which is based on it’s A-frame technology, which can run virtual worlds on mobile devices. The companies that are doing this right now are not making money with it because schools don’t have money. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

STEM Idea #1: Teach with Passion. And I think that sometimes as adults, especially when we start talking about STEM or STEAM or whatever buzzword it is that your school uses, we muddy the learning. And I think that’s one thing we’ve got to keep in mind when we’re talking STEAM or STEM or whatever acronym. Aaron Maurer is founder of @ 212steamlabs , STEM Lead for AEA 9, coffee junkie, thought provoker, educator boundary pusher, and lover of toys and 90’s cartoons.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

I believe it really stems from our ability to actually understand the conceptual understanding behind the mathematics. Again, we’re not teaching that procedures are not important, because they definitely are. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary. Kyle: I think it definitely is. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

The CoolCatTeacher

Aditya: Oh, definitely. So you definitely get those naysayers, people who look at it with disdain because you’re really dumbing it down. Vicki: We’re also talking about teaching kids in elementary, middle, and high school. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

I’m definitely going to be asking some of these agency questions, Scott! The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

So you’ll definitely want to check the Shownotes for this, and we’ll also give you links to Lee Ann’s work so you can learn more about it. As an elementary teacher, Lee Ann has a passion for teaching kids not only about content, but life lessons as well. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

Matthew: Well, the tribe is an affinity group — which is by definition a group of people that come together because they have an affinity or a like of something. So this work stems from my dissertation research which was an ethnography. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

The CoolCatTeacher

Dan Meyer’s Google Doc full of 3 Act lesson plans: [link] ) VICKI: So we will link to a previous episode, Felicia Casto and her amazing elementary math classroom [link] who just raved and raved about the transformation power about 3 Act math lessons. Like it definitely won’t fill up by that time. DAN: Yeah, I know, this is definitely an exhausting time of the year. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Math Teacher: 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Gerald: They definitely are. Gerald Aungst is a “curiosity engineer” with more than 25 years of professional experience as an elementary teacher and curriculum specialist who empowers learners through inquiry and making. Gerald is currently a gifted support and makerspace teacher at Cheltenham Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Sean, you’re currently working with iPads and some online formative assessments for STEM classrooms. This whole idea of randomized formative assessment is definitely one that I’ll be investigating more. He also continues to consult for various districts across the country at the elementary, middle, and secondary level training teachers and administrators. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

James O’Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Because these kids are going to be AP- and IP-focused, going to have higher GPAs, going to have interest in STEM-related fields. Vicki: So you’re telling me the data says if you want to attract more people in the STEM fields, that esports is a highway to pump them into your university or your school? James: Vicki, one of the things that I am a big proponent of, and this comes from my days of being an elementary school teacher, I think it’s more important at the high school.

ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

She’s definitely integrating all that technology. Stephanie Goldman currently teaches fourth grade language arts and social studies in a 1:1 chromebook classroom at Lincoln County Elementary School in Lincolnton, Georgia. She has been honored as Rollins Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012 and a top five finalist for Richmond County School’s County Teacher of the Year, and as Lincoln County Elementary School’s and Lincoln County’s Teacher of the Year in 2016.

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Ironhack Raises $4 Million to Grow Coding Bootcamps Across Europe and Latin America

Edsurge

It has definitely been life changing,” says Giordano, 30. “I Now, the company has the resources to expand its programs and train more aspiring programmers, thanks to a $4 million investment led by JME Capital. To date, the Miami-based company has raised $7 million. He adds that the startup’s traction across Europe also distinguishes it from similar companies that he has come across. Education Technology Bootcamps Financing STEM Coding

TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling

Edsurge

School and district users had ample warning about the demise of the adaptive K-12 math and writing software—the company issued a notice on its site 15 months ago—and yet many say that the off-boarding process was not a smooth one. Its parent company, 3P Learning, promises to price-match on districts’ most recent TenMarks contract. More than a year later, the company has observed a notable uptick in new users for the 2019-20 school year, a sales executive at Freckle confirms.

The 7 coolest edtech products I saw at FETC

eSchool News

Lucid is one of those companies that you may not have heard of, but you definitely should! Are your elementary teachers exhausted from trying to find the best app for each student? This new K-2 learning solution includes more than 170 standards-aligned, pre-vetted apps in math, language arts, social studies, science & STEM, SEL, critical thinking, and creativity.

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

Blended learning at the elementary level is different than the traditional definition. In the elementary classroom, we typically think of incorporating multiple instructional strategies, instead of the “sit and get” instructional model of long ago. Boosting Math Skills Through Personalized Instruction Featured on eSchool News Improving Math Education in Schools STEM Top NewsOne district looks at the changes a new blended math program for K-5 has brought.

Learning to Code: New Possibilities Through Collaboration at School

Edsurge

Students at DCPS’ Burrville Elementary School complete an Hour of Code session. The Benefits of Collaboration One way to overcome these hurdles is for school districts to collaborate with outside organizations and companies, many of whom are thrilled to provide volunteers and support. Code.org , Khan Academy , Codeacademy , and other educational organizations and companies feature special Hour of Code tutorials on their sites. It's shaping up to be the year of coding!

EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

While I have not read Marie’s book, and have so far avoided the guilty pleasure of her Netflix series, I do know that she uses a simple, definitive technique at the “decluttering” stage – of every item in your space, ask yourself, Does it spark joy? Developers have naturally found a niche for “joyful” tech in the elementary phases, where the idea of allowing younger kids to have fun while learning is all but a credo.

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Do You Know These Innovative Women Leaders Who Are Founding Schools and Making History?

Edsurge

Citizens of the World schools are working to expand the definition of success for their students to include not only academic achievement, but also a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities. Her work founding a leading a company landed her on Inc. 2015 Finalist for Dallas ISD Elementary Principal of the Year. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community Thought Leadership STEM Education Charter Schools Charter Management Organizations

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

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3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. There’s definitely this “wall” that’s out there that you just… There’s unfortunately these inappropriate things, and you don’t want to minimize the impact that they have because they’re terrible incidents.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

The Hechinger Report

A two-year pilot program for a year-round, after-school theater club at Yung Wing was underwritten by Freddie and Myrna Gershon, a philanthropically minded theater-world couple (Freddie is chairman and CEO of the licensing company Music Theatre International). Each year since, they have won numerous awards, including the trophy for Outstanding Production for the best overall elementary school performance three years in a row, from 2013 to 2015, and again in 2017.

Who Wants a Job

Adam Welcome

Kids should be developing these skills while they're still in high school, college and heck why not even elementary school! Check it out, it is most DEFINITELY worth the read! Team STEM design challenges are fun for kids AND adults! Makerspaces & STEM Labs are popping up everywhere and they SHOULD be! Think beyond career day and get local companies to donate their time during the school day.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

It stems from a 1964 decision by the College Board, which administers the SAT, to expand its market to Latin America with a Spanish-language edition of the predominant college entrance exam. Méndez-Cupey, and together they’ve adopted a public elementary school that was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria, with plans to provide teacher training and instructional materials. Related: New data show some colleges are definitively unaffordable for many.